08 Oct Is CBD Psychoactive?
You’ve heard it asked by your friends or even wondered it yourself. Is CBD psychoactive? Does hemp oil cause euphoric or intoxicating effects? Let’s cut to the chase and get right to the point: The straight answer is no – CBD oil does not cause euphoric effects and will not cause you to feel intoxicated.
Although CBD oil is psychoactive by definition in that its beneficial effects also affect the brain, the real questions we should focus on is whether CBD is intoxicating. CBD oil is non-intoxicating, so it won’t impair your ability to go about your day. Keep reading to learn more about CBD and how it affects you after use.
CBD Oil Effects
Once we know that CBD oil is non-intoxicating, we can get excited about what CBD actually is. Let’s focus on the question: how does CBD oil make you feel?
CBD oil does not give you the same euphoric feelings marijuana users experience from smoking, vaping, or ingesting marijuana that contains high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Full spectrum CBD oil from hemp contains only negligible levels of THC, far too little to cause euphoric, intoxicated feelings, even with frequent use.
There are many people who ingest or take CBD oil who claim to feel a heightened sense of relaxation after taking their daily CBD oil serving. “A soothing calmness,” notes one anonymous online reviewer. Others refer to it as a “light” feeling. This relaxation is sometimes mistaken for feeling intoxicated, but it does not cause any impairment of abilities like marijuana can.
So while both THC and CBD are psychoactive in that they interact with receptors in the brain, CBD is non-intoxicating and THC is intoxicating in their effects.
You can learn more about the biological reasons that THC is intoxicating and CBD is not in our article about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the role it plays in using CBD oil.
Terpenes and the Entourage Effect
Terpenes are natural compounds found in everyday foods and seasonings, various plants, and of course, cannabis. The aroma that plants, food, and fruits have these aromas are because of their terpene content. Those same aromatic compounds are found in cannabis plants like hemp.
Full-spectrum CBD oil products like our Blue Label RSHO® contain natural terpenes from the hemp plant inside of the oil. There are many reported benefits of individual terpenes that a quick search brings, and one theory even speculates that these compounds work together with the many cannabinoids present in full-spectrum CBD oil in what is called the entourage effect.
Interacting with Cannabinoid Receptors
The endocannabinoid system is a ‘lock and key’ system. These lock and keys, when paired, are the basis for your body’s self-regulatory system. Just like your receptors that interact with your hormones and endorphins, cannabinoids interact with their unique cannabinoid receptors. These cannabinoids work together with terpenes to help balance your body and keep it working at its peak.
There are two major cannabinoid receptors found in the human body. CB1 receptors are most prevalent in the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system. Get a more detailed look into cannabinoid receptors and how taking CBD makes you feel.
Every Body is Different
Your endocannabinoid system is not the same as mine. Their endocannabinoid system is not the same as ours. Everyone’s individual body and the way they interact with the endocannabinoid system is different. This is important to consider when deciding to use CBD oil.
Why? Throughout the day, your individual ECS balance shifts and adjusts in tune with the rest of your body to adjust to internal and external influences that disrupt your homeostasis.
A receptor based system means there is first, a signal, then a molecular series of events as your body processes the change. Depending on your individual body chemistry and existing endocannabinoid levels, CBD oil may affect you differently. This is why it’s important to keep a journal of your schedule and CBD oil intake. You know your body best. When taking CBD oil, listen to it, and find the best fit for your daily life.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil or hemp CBD oil is a natural botanical concentrate that is extracted from hemp plants. A specialized extraction process is used to yield highly concentrated CBD oil that also contains the same highly nutritious material that exists in the living hemp plant, such as omega-3 fatty acids, terpenes, vitamins, chlorophyll, amino acids, and more.
CBD oil is becoming wildly popular to naturally promote health. Over the years, great advances in hemp CBD oil product development have led to what are now dozens of different types of hemp CBD oil products, including capsules, tinctures and liquids, edibles, CBD concentrates, and more. Concentrated hemp CBD oil can also be infused into skin and body care products and used topically. Or check out our wide range of safe hemp CBD oil products.
CBD vs. THC
As mentioned above, both CBD and THC are cannabinoids – more specifically, since they are plant based, they are phytocannabinoids. Even though both THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, they interact with and affect the body in different ways, leading to different effects.
If you’d like to learn more, click this link where we explore it further: Differences Between THC and CBD.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
It’s important to understand that hemp and marijuana are both members of the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa L. However, the two plants are unique in their chemical makeup, resulting in their being used for very different purposes.
WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp is a cannabis plant that is harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks, which are used to produce a number of products: including food, body care products, paper, textiles, building materials, plastic composites, and even biofuels.
For cannabis to be considered hemp, it must contain no more than 0.3% THC per dry weight. Remember, THC is the active compound in marijuana that causes its euphoric effect. The level of THC in hemp is over 30 times less than the least potent marijuana strains, so it’s impossible for hemp to get you intoxicated or impaired.
WHAT IS MARIJUANA?
Marijuana is a cannabis plant that is most frequently harvested for its euphoric, psychoactive properties, which are responsible for making users feel high or stoned. The fibers and stalks of marijuana are not used commercially. Instead, the marijuana plant is cultivated specifically for its flowers, which contain the highest levels of THC in the plant.
Through selective breeding, varieties or strains of marijuana can contain THC concentrations that range from 10 percent to up to 30 percent. Marijuana is naturally lower in CBD than THC. Since it contains high levels of THC, use and possession of marijuana, whether for recreational or medical reasons, remains federally illegal in the U.S., although states have passed laws that have legalized either medical or recreational marijuana.
CBD Products with Non-Detectable Levels of THC
If you prefer no detectable levels of THC in your products, HempMeds® offers products made with CBD isolate as well. Using CBD isolate, we are able to provide all the benefits of CBD without concern about measurable amounts of THC.
CBD isolate is not a synthetic or lab-made cannabinoid. Instead, it is an all-natural product, extracted from the hemp plant and refined down to an incredible purity.
Like RSHO® hemp oil, Real Scientific Hemp Oil® CBD isolate is extracted from non-GMO hemp using supercritical CO2, a process generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. The extraction produces a botanical concentrate that includes the cannabinoids, fatty acids, and other plant material found naturally in hemp plants. The CBD hemp oil is then purified using a proprietary process to filter plant material and winterized to remove excess waxes, producing a pure isolate powder with 99 percent CBD. The CBD isolate powder has no taste or smell to it and can be integrated into a number of products.
The first CBD hemp oil product of its kind, RSHO-X™ is a version of our customer favorite Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ with no detectable THC. Since RSHO-X™ contains no detectable levels of THC, the compound in cannabis that gets users high, it has become the CBD product of choice for parents of small children, first responders, competitive athletes, or anyone interested in avoiding even trace levels of THC.
RSHO-X™ provides safe, non-intoxicating delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) to the body by combining CBD isolate with sustainably sourced MCT oil. With virtually no taste at all, RSHO-X™ can be taken as is or added to foods or beverages.
CBD Gems from Dixie Botanicals® offer a tasty, easy to use CBD product that can be eaten whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.
Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gems are made with our 99 percent pure CBD isolate to remove any concern regarding the intoxicating effects of THC. Each flavorful Gem offers 10 mg of CBD. Our CBD Gems come in two delicious flavors, watermelon and mango, and two sizes, a 10 pack and a 30 pack. These CBD edibles come individually wrapped, making them easy to toss into your pocket, purse, gym bag, and more.
CBD Energy Chews
Dixie Botanicals® Kicks Energy Chews in sour apple combine the balancing effects of CBD with B vitamins and 100 mg of caffeine (as much as a strong cup of coffee) for a natural boost to your energy levels anytime you need it.
Instead of reaching for a sugary coffee or high-calorie energy drink, pop one of our Dixie Botanicals® Kicks in your mouth for a tasty, low-calorie way to power through your day, while also doing something good for your body. Each Kicks energy chew is infused with CBD using our 99 percent pure CBD isolate. Perfect for daily use, Kicks come in a 30 count jar, enough to replace a month’s worth of morning coffees.
HOW TO GET CBD OIL
Hemp CBD oil products derived from hemp are federally legal to purchase in the U.S. and available for import in over 40 countries worldwide.
There are a variety of hemp oil products currently on the market naturally abundant in CBD, including organic hemp oil concentrates, tinctures, capsules, lotions, salves, shampoos, and conditioners. Please visit our online CBD shop to find the right hemp CBD oil product for you! Want to learn more about the benefits of CBD oil? Visit our CBD education page now.